Animals Archive
13 January 2015, 03:47 AM ET
Successfully combating the disease has been difficult, but a group has been exploring some new techniques that control the fungus using naturally occurring soil microbes.
12 January 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Dogs may have arrived in the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after humans first did, researchers say.
12 January 2015, 11:23 AM ET
The remains of a 415-million-year-old fish skull from Siberia — though miniscule in size — offer hints about the origins of all jawed vertebrates, ranging from reptiles to humans, a new study finds.
12 January 2015, 11:21 AM ET
When researchers first looked at a tiny fish skull from 415 million years ago, they classified it as a bony fish. But a new, high-tech look at the fossil shows that it's much more.
12 January 2015, 11:20 AM ET
The 415-million-year-old Janusiscus fossil was discovered in Siberia. A study of the skull reveals that it is on the botton of the gnathostomes’ (jawed vertebrates) evolutionary tree.
12 January 2015, 06:52 AM ET
A prehistoric marine-reptile fossil found in Scotland's Isle of Skye represents a new species that lived about 170 million years ago, a new study finds.
11 January 2015, 05:44 PM ET
Dogs may be very well suited to help us understand how these lifestyle factors help our brains as we get older.
10 January 2015, 10:41 AM ET
Think you know a lot about frogs? Here are a few frog facts that may surprise you.
09 January 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Researchers have determined the baby orca born into a pod off the west coast is a female.
08 January 2015, 12:31 PM ET
Humans have it. So do chimpanzees, bottlenose dolphins, Asian elephants and even magpies. The ability to recognize oneself in the mirror is known as self-recognition, and monkeys weren't thought to be able to do it — until now.
08 January 2015, 12:29 PM ET
Experiments with rhesus monkeys show they can learn to recognize themselves in the mirror.
08 January 2015, 10:58 AM ET
In what is being credited as the "largest single collection of lemur remains ever found", anthropologists and paleontologists are scouring caves in Madagascar for fossils that could be a thousand-years old.
08 January 2015, 08:14 AM ET
An unusual butterfly that is half male and half female recently caught the eyes of a volunteer at a butterfly exhibit at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Chris Johnson, a retired chemical engineer from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, was volunteering at the
08 January 2015, 08:12 AM ET
The penises of lizards evolve six times faster than their other traits, according to the first-ever direct measurement of penis evolution in an animal.
07 January 2015, 10:33 PM ET
Numerous fossils make this one of the most-studied dinosaurs.
07 January 2015, 02:23 PM ET
The intricacies of tiny marine microbes are revealed in a new photographic art exhibit in Boston.
07 January 2015, 12:32 PM ET
Researchers have discovered a group of female phorid flies that bite off ant heads and then haul them away for dinner.
07 January 2015, 08:51 AM ET
Fossils of a newfound flying fish species may help scientists understand just how the ability to glide evolved.
07 January 2015, 07:03 AM ET
An albino bottlenose dolphin, recently spotted off the east coast of Florida, was caught on video flashing its white dorsal fin above the water's blue waves.
06 January 2015, 09:42 PM ET
For many years, this dinosaur was mistakenly called Brontosaurus.
06 January 2015, 04:10 PM ET
As snow piled up in Washington, D.C., the National Zoo's beloved panda cub Bao Bao enjoyed her first snow day.
06 January 2015, 01:54 PM ET
Tiny female flies (genus: Dohrniphora) in Costa Rica kill injured Odontomachus ants (trap-jaw ants), using their "blade-tipped" mouthparts to cut connections between head and body, then use their front legs to pull the ants’ heads free.
06 January 2015, 11:07 AM ET
Black widow spiders have rapidly evolved super lethal venom, such that the spiders are now building stronger webs to handle ever-bigger prey.
06 January 2015, 06:52 AM ET
Anglerfish mating involves biting, tissue fusion and the complete lack of mate choice by females.
05 January 2015, 04:43 PM ET
A baby killer whale was born into the endangered J-pod that lives off the coast of Washington state.
05 January 2015, 02:49 PM ET
Researchers have charted the bowhead whale's genome in a search for genes that fight off aging.
04 January 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Many predators lurk in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean, but the so-called disco clam has a flashy defense mechanism — a spectacular light show — to scare away potential threats.
04 January 2015, 09:39 AM ET
The clam initially fought off the mantis with its tentacles, which were found to contain high levels of sulphur. The mantis can be seen backing away and entering a "catatonic state" after interacting with the tentacles. The relentless mantis attacked
02 January 2015, 05:25 PM ET
The monarch butterfly, once common across the United States, could soon end up on the Endangered Species List.
31 December 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Ancient coyotes hunted large prey, and had larger jaws and sharper teeth to bring down their choice meals than modern-day coyotes do, a new study reports.
31 December 2014, 01:16 PM ET
A newly described species of frog is the only frog known to give birth to live tadpoles, researchers say.
31 December 2014, 09:11 AM ET
The Eva and spider 3D scanners helped celebrated paleontologist Louise Leakey digitally record the details of 1.8-million-year-old fossils found by her family and their colleagues in the 1970s and 1980s in Kenya.